Editor: It was very sad to read the front page news story, ''Novelist Jerzy Kosinski dies by suicide at age 57.''
This brilliant author of so many good books survived the many horrors of the World War II Nazis.
Kosinski's novel ''The Painted Bird'' and his many other excellent novels will live on.
Betty D. Edlavitch.
Editor: How much is added to our already high defense budget so that jets and crews can fly our Washington royalty around?
How many facts do we really need about Europe or the Caribbean, about golf courses and ski slopes?
L It may be legal or ''everybody does it.'' But is it ethical?
Editor: I am writing to correct a few points in Kim Clark's article, ''Junked cars generate heaps of plastic fluff,'' May 5.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is headquartered in Washington, not in Virginia.
We have proposed using not the plastics but the non-combustible portion of the fluff to make cement. This consists of the glass, sand, rust, etc. and comprises 50 percent of the fluff.
Preliminary experiments have shown this to be a suitable raw material for cement manufacture, replacing iron ore and silica sand. If the use of this material gains wide acceptance among cement makers, fully half of the fluff problem will have been solved.
When I suggested that the fluff problem needed to be divided up, I meant that it should be divided up into certain broad categories such as the combustible and the non-combustible. I did not suggest that a solution would involve finding uses for specific components.
We appreciate your interest in this problem, which is a matter of concern not only to the scrap industry but to the nation as a whole.
The writer is director of special projects for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Editor: Isn't it interesting that we citizens are asked to conserve gasoline by car-pooling, but Vice President Dan Quayle feels justified in spending $49,000 to fly in an Air Force jet to Georgia to play golf?
We are implored to help feed and house the hundreds of hungry and homeless, while the vice president incurs a $5,000 food and lodging bill for a five-member Air Force crew.
It really isn't important whether or not Marie Antoinette said, ''Let them eat cake.'' But it is important to remember the consequences of such blatant elitism.
Editor: The recent decision by Housing and Urban Development officials to allow the continued funding for the Council for Equal Business Opportunity (CEBO) can only be seen as a victory for the city of Baltimore. In issuing its somewhat conditioned response, HUD is saying what so many of us know to be true. That is that the issue of minority business development is so crucial to overall economic development of Baltimore that the role of CEBO and similar organizations must be preserved.
My efforts to lobby officials in Washington to release the more than $650,000 needed for CEBO to continue its operations was successful in large part because of the willingness of HUD Secretary Jack Kemp to meet us halfway in finding a solution.
Although we were successful in convincing HUD that CEBO's role in the development of minority business warranted its continued funding, its future and function must be developed and protected.
The current administration in Washington is quickly finding ways to separate itself from the funding of such endeavors no matter how noble or appealing they might be. The notion of minority economic development is becoming even less attractive to many outside of government, who incorrectly assume that the federal government is doing too much for its black citizens.
And, given the emergence of semi-private or quasi-governmental associations that seek to provide similar assistance to minority businesses, the CEBOs of today's world must find new ways to adapt and survive or face virtual extinction.
That is why I am enthusiastically optimistic about CEBO's role in Baltimore. Both the current board and its director have already charted a course that will insure its ability to provide service well into the next century.
By increasing its cultivation of private-sector partnerships and establishing more local corporate relationships, the new CEBO is setting the stage to receive greater support to carry out its
mission than it would ever hope to receive from a federal government that is in many respects retreating from its minority-assistance commitments of the 1970s and 1980s.
Successful minority business persons can also help by sharing with CEBO's staff the valuable wealth of information that they uniquely possess about succeeding in business against overwhelming odds.
Thus, the recent victory for CEBO must be seen as a beginning and not an end.
The writer represents Maryland's Seventh Congressional District.